ISO Quality Planning of San Francisco issued a report (seen at Newsday) that shows Hummer drivers get the most traffic tickets per 100,000 miles driven, based on insurance company records.
And the Corvette and Mustang aren’t even in the top 10:
Vehicles with the Most Tickets
- Hummer H2, H3
- Scion tC
- Scion xB
- Mercedes CLK63AMG
- Toyota Solara Coupe
- Mercedes CLS63AMG
- Scion xA
- Subaru Outback
- Audi A4
- Toyota Matrix
I couldn’t find numbers, but I find it interesting that the H2 AND H3 are tied for #1 (if that was the intent). Also, the H2 is built on the Tahoe/Suburban frame, but if you look below, both the Tahoe and Suburban are in the least-ticketed group. Is it the type of driver of the Hummer? Is it the perception of police against the Hummer brand?
If you notice, the Scion brand vehicles are all in the top 10. The reason here is obviously that drivers of Scions tend to be younger (as they’re less expensive cars). And if you’re a fan of Top Gear UK, you’ll know that the “d**ks” that drive BMWs have moved onto Audis, hence the A4 on the list.
Vehicles with the Least Tickets
- Jaguar XJ
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet C/K 2500/3500 pickup
- Buick Park Avenue
- Mazda 6
- Buick Ranier SUV
- Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan
- Buick Lucerne
- GMC Sierra C1500 pickup
I’m still not sure the Chevy trucks and SUVs should be on this list because most of the ones I see on the road are flying by me, driven by soccer moms and contractor dads with a coffee in one hand and the other hand slapping their kids or coworkers.
The Buicks? Well duh. But I would have thought I’d see more “old people” cars like the Grand Marquis on the list. However, this list is traffic tickets, not necessarily just speeding tickets. I would guess that some of the old people cars are also driven by drug dealers (Caddilacs, Crown Vics, etc.) and they get pulled over for suspicion more often.
The one big surprise to me is the Mazda 6. It’s a fast, sporty car, affordable to the mid-20 set. How does it fly under the po-po radar?
Is your car on the list? Have personal experience to share? Do any of the entries surprise you?